Black Ops: Cold War Open Beta Early Access + Live Event

Activision’s legendary Call of Duty series is taking another look into the alternative history books of the fictional Black Ops series (loosely based on reality). US President Ronald Reagan is shown at a meeting about the Russian threat before the start of the American-Russian Cold War and implying the Vietnam War’s role as a proxy-war for the two superpowers.

During a playable in-game Live Event which took place on August 26, 2020, Dr. Disrespect streamed on YouTube to 2.88 Million subscribers and his Members’ Only “Champion’s Club” fanbase and was one of the first gamers online to complete the scavenger hunt which led to a teaser of Black Ops Cold War’s single-player campaign as well as an update to the client on PC which allows for the Pre-Order of the game granting Open Beta Early Access. At this time it seems that only those who pre-order the game within the next two days will actually end up getting into that phase of the Beta.

Additional details officially confirmed so far (updated):

  • Release Date: November 13, 2020 for current-gen and “Holiday 2020” for next-gen
  • $69.99 USD “Cross-Gen Bundle” $10 more for next-gen upgrade versions to be included
  • Cross-Play and Cross-Gen Multiplayer (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One S/X, Xbox Series S/X)
  • Warzone will continue to be supported on all platforms
  • Modern Warfare purchased content carries over into Black Ops Cold War
  • Hunt down Russian spies, antagonist Perseus
  • Frank Mason, Alex Woods, and Jason Hudson return
  • Zombies confirmed
  • Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will have shared progression like Modern Warfare and Warzone did
  • New Warzone map featuring Desert gameplay
  • PS5 Backwards Compatibility (Physical Confirmed, Digital Unknown at this time)

Full MP Reveal Coming September 9, 2020

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

““Black Ops Cold War is not only a celebration of what makes the Black Ops series special, but it’s also a new beginning for the next generation of players,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “As developers, being able to bring this kind of experience to a new generation of consoles is an incredible opportunity.”

In pure Black Ops style, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War fuses elements of 1980s pop culture through a mind-bending conspiracy story, where deception and subterfuge are the norm in the gripping single-player Campaign. In this sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, players encounter historic figures and learn hard truths as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Turkey, Vietnam, Soviet-era Moscow, and more. As elite operatives, players attempt to stop a plot decades in the making as they follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus, who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history. Beyond the Campaign, players will bring a wide selection of Cold War weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer combat and an all-new Zombies experience.

The title features cross-play support across current and next generation systems with cross progression across all modes. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will also offer a Battle Pass system and deliver a steady stream of free post-launch content, including multiplayer maps and modes, Zombies experiences along with a robust schedule of in-game community events.”

Leaked Map Names (Rumor):

  • Black Sea
  • Cartel
  • KGB
  • Miami
  • Moscow
  • Satellite
  • Tank
  • Tundra
  • Duga
  • Forest
  • Russia
  • Ski Slopes
  • Silver (Zombies)


There’s still no word on whether Call of Duty Warzone or any multiplayer incarnations will come to the world of cloud gaming via services like Stadia or xCloud, but the removal of Modern Warfare from GeForce NOW after it left Beta could signal Activision Blizzard may have plans to run their own cloud gaming service in the future.

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